One Year of Team WWP: Recapping the TransRockies, Marine Corps Marathon, and some injuries

*$41,533.09 RAISED!!
11 November 2009, 6:05am, Arlington, VA
Good Morning Team WWP ~
One year. I can hardly believe it. Sincerely, this has been a fast moving period of my life, to say the least. A lot of things have changed for the good…of course, I don’t have the time to adequately address that, but it’s something I think about often. How lucky I am, how grateful I am, how thankful I am to have been given the things that I’ve been given.

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Team WWP 2nd at Afton Trail 25k

6 JULY 2009

Hey Everybody,
We had an amazing weekend…and I only have a few minutes to write about it…so here are the highlights:
My partner Mary Kreis and I ran in the Afton Trail 25k on Saturday, 4 July.  Mary did well amongst the female competitors and I finished 2nd overall ~ the guy that beat me absolutely smoked the course record and was an amazing athlete.  The race director, John Storkamp couldn’t have been more welcoming to what we’re doing, and even gave us a donation out of the race’s profits.  Considering they’re a smaller race ~ John & ATR: great thanks!!
Also, we went on over to the Twins game Friday night…and the Vulcan’s had myself, Mary, and my beautiful fiancee Rachel ride with them in the annual Afton 4th of July parade.  It was awesome!  Small town America at it’s best, celebrating our independence and the rights and values we’ve come to cherish as a people.  We rode on “Luverne,” a 1932 antique fire truck they’ve converted into a sort of party wagon…
More to follow, that was just a quick update…thank you so much for keeping track of us!  Our spirits are high as we keep plugging away at that $50,000 goal…
All my best & Keep moving forward, Matt

Team WWP 3rd at Harrisburg 5k

 13 JUNE 2009

Hello Team Wounded Warrior Project – thank you so much for checking up on what Tom & I have been up to!  
For starters, to paint the picture for you, I’m typing away at the computer from my new home in Carlisle, PA (part of the reason you haven’t heard from us in awhile).  I’ve also just completed Team WWP Event #3: the Colon Cancer Prevention 5k in Harrisburg, PA.  I finished 3rd overall…NOTE ~ “excuses” to follow for not winning: I was behind a recently graduated college All-American & a 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials participant…we got to know each other a bit post race and they’ll be showing me around some of the local runs this summer.

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Team WWP has a new goal: $50,000!!!


28 MARCH 09, 6:24am.
Team WWP has a new objective – $50,000!!! I don’t know how to type that without getting excited, so I’ll apologize right now to the English majors in the audience that cringe at the triple exclamation point.
We had a great weekend at The Local (sponsored by the UST Law – Military Law Society) and Prestwick Golf Club (sponsored by the Mooty & Gehlen families) – in sum, we raised approximately $14,000. It’s still drifting in (checks take a bit longer for verification purposes), but our grand total stands at:


With another $400 spoken for, just waiting on confirmation. So we made our first hurdle. There are so many people to thank, I don’t know where to start or finish. The first few to come to mind, though, by a long shot: Scot & Jessie Cocchiarella, Bobby & Jan and their wedding guests, Pat & Mike Reeves – our photojournalists, and the Winter Carnival Royalty and especially my good friends, last but not least, the St. Paul Vulcan’s. Tom and I are floored by your help, your dedication, your willingness to put service beyond self. Thank you.And now on to the next challenge. Tom and I are not into the bait & switch game, trust us, we just really didn’t know how amazing you all are, which is why we’re shooting for $50,000 now. So, planning-wise, back to square one! But now that we know you’re out there, part of our Team WWP, we feel much better and ready to raise support for our Nation’s Heroes.

Parting thoughts: we’re looking at the 4 July weekend as our big, last push. What better way to celebrate America’s freedom than to honor those that have sacrificed the most in it’s defense?
Also, my leg needs some healing. I’m just getting back in the swing of things, but had to cancel a trip up to the Grand Canyon next weekend to stay on the mend. I’m mindful of your commitment to the WWP – I’m equally committed to you and bringing attention to this effort by performing well. I promise to do my best all the way through…and especially at the Lake Geneva Cross Country 22 Miler…

All my best & Keep moving forward,




Team WWP at Old Pueblo 50 Miler

Sunday, 8 March 2009, 5:19am.
We did it! The Old Pueblo 50 Miler is in the bag – and with a 5th place finish! It took 8 hours and 22 minutes…and the photo you see above was like Heaven for me. As I mentioned before, I’ve never run longer than 31 miles…Pike’s Peak last year was a marathon distance, but straight up the mountain and back down – and that took 5 hours even. So this was a challenge to say the least. Friday night I slept about 6 hours, then ran for over 8! In fact, I’m writing this after waking up and needing some Ibuprofin…
Anyhow, I’m going to keep this short, as my mind is still kind of slow. I just wanted to share the good news with you…
And also mention that Tom, the guys at St. Thomas Law, and the St. Paul Vulcans have put on an amazing amount of work into our events on 20 & 21 March. We’re really excited to have you there!

See you in a couple weeks & Keep Moving Forward,